Experts estimate that as many as 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals. That’s more than die from either motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS–three causes that receive far more public attention.*
The first week of March is National Patient Safety Week. This year, the Hardin Library is providing consumer outreach to Iowa communities on how a patient can help to improve their safety while in the hospital (hand washing, asking, medicine list, and more).
We will be kicking off this outreach effort on Thursday March 6th with staff from UIHC. The panel includes a consumer who will discuss a hospital error and the impact it had on her family; a health professional from the hospital will talk about what goes on in a large system such as UIHC and how errors can sometimes occur and give suggestions for what patients can do to be a part of the safety team; and a health sciences librarian will present information resources that are available on patient safety and consumer health.
The National Patient Safety Week reception and introduction to the Iowa-based Empowering Public Health/Patient Safety Outreach through Community Partnerships will be held: Thursday, March 6th Nursing Clinical Education Center UI Hospitals and Clinics. For more information: http://hosted.lib.uiowa.edu/ppeca/
- Panel presentation for consumers: 3:00-4:00 pm
- Introduction of hospital patient safety program and community outreach: 4:15pm-5:00pm
- Reception: 5:00pm-6:00pm
*A report by the Institute of Medicine, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, 1999.